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Adoption Gender Reveal!

china adoption gender reveal coverI find it no surprise that God would make today the perfect day to share that we have officially matched with a little one from China.  Why is it perfect?  Because today is three years to the day that we announced that we had matched with Esther.

In the last update I shared that we were getting near the end of the homestudy update phase of our adoption journey.  Well, we are still very near the end of our homestudy update.  You honestly don’t know the joy I will feel when I don’t have to say that anymore.  Right now, we have done everything on our part needed to wrap up that process and are just waiting on Lifeline to finalize everything and then we can begin work on our Immigration 800-A approval.  So that leaves us still needing to complete:

  • Application
  • Homestudy update
  • Immigration 800 A
  • Dossier
  • Matching
  • Immigration 800
  • Article 5
  • Travel

So let’s talk about matching with a child.

Matching with a child…. What does that mean?

Matching or matched are terms used in adoptions which imply that an orphanage or government agency has granted a family approval to proceed forward to adopt a specific child.  In China a family can match at any point with a child on the “special focus” list, or they can match with a child from the broader “special needs” list once the dossier has been submitted.

We don’t have to worry about that anymore because Friday we received matching approval for a little one from the special focus list!  Yep, we officially have  another child waiting for us on the other side of the world, and this little mama is more than a little ready to hop on a plane and bring our newest one home!

I’ll share in another post all the details of our matching process, but today I’ll share what I’m sure you are most interested in… the gender.

When I was pregnant with Noah, the whole release a balloon, toss up confetti, and cut the cake thing to reveal the gender was still relatively new.  We simply called the grandparents-to-be and shared the news.  Mission accomplished.  When we adopted from Hong Kong, we were only approved for a girl because children of opposite sexes were not allowed to share a bedroom.  In this adoption however we were approved for either sex because we have three bedrooms.  So in some ways it has felt like a pregnancy because we truly didn’t know if we would match with a boy or a girl.  So, since it felt like a pregnancy, I thought it would be fun to do a small gender reveal.

I didn’t have time to plan a party because we found out Friday afternoon and shared the news last night, but we did have fun with it.  Michael Luke and I invited our parents out for dinner at Ciao Baby last night.  It’s the perfect meeting place for vegans, meatlovers, and children to dine together.

ML’s mom kept the girls yesterday, so we could plan our reveal and think about names.  I wanted the girls to be able to take part in the reveal, so we got a little creative and thought out of the box.  Well in the box actually.  Michael Luke and I went and bought some little onesies yesterday in the right color that would let the girls know whether they were getting a brother or sister.

We wrapped the clothes in the right gender-colored tissue paper and then wrapped that in brown craft paper.  Next, we wrapped it in layers of green, pink, yellow, and blue tissue paper, so that as each layer was unwrapped the girls (and grandparents) would be left guessing what the gender was.  Finally, we placed the gift in a bed of white tissue paper inside a box and  wrapped the box in green paper.

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Noah and Esther were beyond excited at the restaurant and could hardly wait for us to place our orders and sit down so the REAL fun could begin.

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We decided to let them unwrap the box while we waited on the pizza.  They were thrilled at what they found inside.

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IT’S A BOY!

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Yep, we are thrilled to announce that we hope to bring home our son this winter.  Noah and Esther have barely been able to stop thinking of ways they are going to help their new brother out when he comes home.  Me, I have fallen head over heals in love with him already and can’t wait to hold him in my arms so he can feel the love of a mama.

Even though we have matched with our little one, we haven’t adopted him yet, so a lot of his information is still considered private… including pictures of him.  So while I would love to show you how cute he is and let you see his big grin, I can’t until he is officially ours.  In the meantime I can tell you that he is around seventeen months old.  That puts Noah roughly three years older than him.  Because he has been in an institution almost his entire life he’s a little small for his age, but we fully expect him to grow by leaps and bounds once he’s part of our forever family.  In the meantime we are going to enjoy having one on the rather small side since we have already missed out on all those months of cuddling him.  Bring on the bonding!

Because this whole matching thing happened so quickly and because we couldn’t wait any longer to spill the beans about our son, we don’t have a name picked out yet.  Right now, we have it narrowed down to three names.  And the only hint we are giving away is that it is Biblical… like Noah, Esther, Michael Luke, and mine (if you count the crystal sea).  He’ll have a name soon enough though. china adoption gender reveal 02

For the full journey of our adoptions,  visit the China Adoption or Hong Kong Adoption tab at the top of the page.

 

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Family Friday: Adoption Update and Gender Reveal

Earlier this week I told you I would be back to share the most recent update to our kitchen renovation… our refrigerator. Well, all the pictures are edited and loaded, but the post just didn’t happen. Why? Because Noah is teething right now, and that means our normal schedule has been temporarily interrupted.

It works out perfectly though because this is Friday, and Fridays are Family Fridays here at Color Transformed Family. So I thought I would bring you up to speed on our adoption process and some exciting news… the gender reveal.

For anyone who might have missed the previous posts on our adoption from Peru, I have created an Adoption Story link at the top of the page. Just click for a list of all the posts about our adoption.

In our last update, I told you that we had just completed our home study. This was finalized just a few days before Christmas. Next, we submitted the 800A form for immigration, so that we can be approved to bring an adopted child into the U.S.

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This is typically a 90 day process, but it looks like ours might be moving a little quicker because we have our appointments for our fingerprints next week which could put us being approved by immigration in as little as 3-4 weeks. That’s almost an entire month ahead of schedule!

That would leave us with an estimated 3 months for our Dossier approval from Peru. Once approved we would be able to start looking at children. We’re talking late Spring people! #ItsAllMovingSoFast

Searching for our child is the big time variable though because there really is no telling how long it might take us to find our child. You would think it would be easy because there are so many orphans, but in the end it can end up taking possibly over a year. Mainly because Peru only releases a certain number of children to our agency Lifeline Children’s Services and because we will be searching for a child that meets our “child desired form”. One of the biggies on our form is that we hope to keep the birth order, meaning Noah will remain the oldest sibling. This might delay us some because practically all children on the list currently are two or over.

Now for the exciting news! Last month, while reviewing our home study report, Michael Luke and I found out that we will be adopting a girl.

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Yep! Noah will have a little sister! We are thrilled. So how did it happen and we not know up until this point? Well, basically our social worker recommended to Peru that we adopt a girl because Noah and her little sis will be sharing a room. The whole time we had been open to both genders and felt that God would decide for us just like with pregnancy, but little did we know he would let us know before we actually found our child. It’s like getting to see the gender-revealing sonogram during pregnancy!

It’s so much fun to at least be able to picture the gender of our child… and to know that Noah’s somewhat feminine nursery can stay as is. We look forward to sharing the rest of the process with you plus the transformation of Noah’s nursery into a room for two (I already have the furniture plan laid out).

Thanks for all your encouragement and support through our adoption process so far. We definitely appreciate your prayers as we continue to seek God’s guidance through this whole process.

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